By Patrick M Schmidt.
Information leaked from an American official suggests that American air support may have been offered to Kurdish forces. Specialized training and armaments from America for Kurdish security forces would accompany air support. European nations have also stepped forward with other offers of military aid.
An offer has also been made to the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of displaced persons in the region.
Sunday marked the first major offensive by Kurdish security forces to reclaim territory lost to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). So far, the Kurdish counter-attack has largely been successful.